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2014 Holiday Gift Guide from Stone’s Education Superstore

stoneseducational Christmas is only a few weeks away. I honestly haven’t started my Christmas shopping but I now have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to be getting the boys. Kids love toys. Kids learn through exploring and playing so why not add a few educational toys to your Christmas list this year.

Educational toys make for great Christmas gifts because a child sees a fun toy to play with while mom and dad see a learning experience.

Jude and I took a trip to Stone’s Educational Superstore in Raleigh, NC to check out their huge inventory of awesome educational toys. Jude loves building and creating, Stone’s has a huge selection of toys that spark creativity. Together we compiled a list of our favorites and came up with this awesome list toys for Christmas 2014!

Jude’s Top Toys for Christmas 2014

Marble Mania Extreme

christmas-wish-list-1 Create a marble run that will automatically take your marbles and move them through the run.
Ages 8+

Snap Circuits Jr.

christmas-wish-list-1-2 A hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100.
Ages 8+

Zingo

christmas-wish-list-3 Zingo! brings fast-paced excitement and learning to the classic game of Bingo.
Ages 4-8

Bric Tek Fire Brigade

christmas-wish-list-4 Construct a Hook and Ladder Truck, Fire Station, Small Fire Truck and a Helicopter Brictec is an exciting new line of building blocks.
Ages 6+

Magna-tiles

christmas-wish-list-5 Magna-Tiles® are sized just right and easy to use, whether creating designs on a flat surface or building in 3-D.
Ages 3+

Plus Plus

christmas-wish-list-7 Plus-Plus is a new breed of construction toy. Its one simple shape produces endless possibilities – assemble them flat to create a 2-D mosaic or work in 3-D to make more complicated structures.
Ages 3+

Keva Contraptions

christmas-wish-list-8 Young architects can build unbelievable structures then watch as their ball bounces, rolls and drops through their KEVA Contraption creation.
Ages 7+

Books!

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All Ages!

Stone’s has such a great selection of educational toys as well as supplies for teachers. Now that we are homeschooling Jude I am constantly looking for new tools to help expand his imagination and center of learning.

I plan to pick up some fun educational tools and toys from Stone’s Educational Superstore for all 3 boys this holiday season.

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Location
210 Hampton Woods Ln
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

(919) 821-7210

Upcoming Events
Neighborhood Toy Store Day – Saturday, November 8th

I received a gift card as compensation for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the company.

VTech InnoTab Max Review + Giveaway

I love using technology to supplement my kids education. We live in an age of technology so I think it’s great that our children have so many opportunities to use technology in their every day lives.

VTech InnoTab Max

We recently tried out the new VTech Innotab Max and my boys love it. There are so many great features to this tablet which are specifically designed for kids to have fun and give parents peace of mind.

My favorite features of the InnoTab Max:

  • Wifi – makes it easy to download new apps directly to the tablet without having to sync with my computer
  • Safe Internet Access – Only parent approved sites, games and videos can be viewed through the internet portal.
  • VTech Kid Connect – a secure chat service that requires users to have VTech user login and password. Kids and parents can send messages, drawing, stickers and more between a special smartphone app and the Wifi capable InnoTab Max.
  • Affordable Apps – There are many reasonably priced apps that can be downloaded to the InnoTab Max in addition to being able to download cartridge games directly to the device rather than purchasing the cartridge (price similarly)
  • Apps that grow with your child – The InnoTab Max has different age groupings for their apps so you can select age appropriate skill level and interests for your child.
  • Hours of Fun and Learning – So much of the InnoTab Max is designed to give your child high quality educational content in the form of fun games and applications.

Jude(6) and his younger brother Noah(3) both enjoy playing with the InnoTab Max. There are games and applications that are suited for both of their ages and skill levels.

I love that it’s a secure table that is designed with kids in mind. It’s sturdy, hold a long charge and allows my kids to explore without me worrying about what they are playing online.

Great Holiday Gift
The VTech InnoTab Max is a great gift to give this holiday season.
Price: $109.99

  • 7” high-resolution multi-touch screen display
  • Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge
  • More than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning apps
  • Comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and more
  • Also comes with one free Toca Boca app and two additional free apps that can be downloaded from the Learning Lodge
  • built-in rechargeable Lithium battery
  • kid-safe Wi-Fi
  • Parental controls to manage your child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log

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InnoTab MAX

Win
One lucky reader will win a VTech InnoTab Max (ARV: $109.99). Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Ends 11/22. US Residents Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends on November 22, 2014. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information. US Residents Only.

The featured product was provided for review purposes, the opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Diaper Dude Bag from Elm Baby

Joe is excellent about changing diapers. He probably changes more diapers than I do on most days. I’m lucky and I know it. So I thought I’d make diaper duty easier with a man-friendly diaper bag, the Diaper Dude.

Diaper Dude The Diaper Dude doesn’t have any frilly, girly designs, it’s simple and utilitarian. I personally love this diaper bag because even though I’m not a dad I prefer simple design and top-notch functionality.

The Diaper Dude features:

  • Stroller Strap
  • Durable polyester stands up to everyday use.
  • Ergonomic, across-the-chest design is super comfy and saves your shoulders.
  • Wide, adjustable strap has padded panel and clips open and closed for easy on-and-off.
  • Padded back for extra comfort against your body.
  • Three exterior zip-closed pockets are perfect for wipes, bibs, food and more.
  • Elasticized bottle pocket is easy to reach.
  • Removable, on-strap cell phone pouch.
  • Large inner compartment with zip-closed pocket and special pouch for diapers.
  • Interior key clip for keys and more.
  • Padded changing pad included.
  • Two large elasticized slots in back.

Buy your dude The Diaper Dude from Elm Baby. It’s on sale right now for $49.99!

Want more gift ideas for the upcoming Holidays?  Check out The B Keeps Us Honest’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Moms & Dads.

2013 holiday gift guide

I received the featured product free of charge. All opinions stated are my own

 

Angry Birds Go! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set {Giveaway}

Jude is a big fan of all things Angry Birds. Rovio Entertainment just launched a new Angry Birds Game, Angry Birds Go! on December 11th hat puts your favorite Bird and Pig characters in a madcap kart race to the finish. Hasbro has a new line of Telepods that enhance to fun of the new Angry Birds Go! game with fun racing toys that can be teleported into your game.

angry birds go telepods

ANGRY BIRDS GO! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway
Race head-to-head to topple the pirate pigs! Slingshot your kart through swinging obstacles and avoid the pigs to be the first to the finish line. Continue the racing action on your mobile device by using the included TELEPODS base to teleport your kart into the new ANGRY BIRDS™ GO! app. Set includes two karts featuring favorite ANGRY BIRDS™ characters, one of which is exclusive to this set. angrybirdscars

JudeAngryBirds

My boys had so much fun with this set. We first played with the play set and raced the pig against the bird. The set was fairly easy to assemble. It took about 3 minutes to get set up and then they were playing. I think they enjoyed the set up as much as making them race. After was ran a few races we downloaded to new Angry Birds Go! game onto my iPhone. I’ve always been a fan of racing games so this was a lot of fun for me. We teleported our red bird into the game which added to the fun.

If you have an Angry Birds fan the new Angry Birds Go! Telepod sets are a great gift idea.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will win an Angry Birds Go! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Ends 12/27 Open to US Residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends on December 27 , 2013. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information. US Only.

Want more gift ideas for the upcoming Holidays?  Check out The B Keeps Us Honest’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Babies &Kids

2013 Gift Guide Babies & Kids

I was provided a sample by Hasbro. The opinions expressed are my own.

Tom & Teddy Swimwear

Tom and Teddy Suit It was 25 degrees outside this morning. I’m not thinking about going to the pool anytime soon but Jude asks to go swimming no matter the weather. The boy loves to swim. So even though the weather outside is frightful a new swimsuit makes a great gift for kids like Jude. I adore this fun red and blue octopus print suit from Tom & Teddy.

tom & teddy octopus

But what makes this Red & Blue Octopus suit even cuter is the matching suit for dada.

Octopus Suit This is a great suit for both dad and son.

  • Quick drying microfiber fabric and 100% cotton mesh lining
  • Salt water & chlorine resistant and UV protected
  • Braiding draw cord with Tom & Teddy labelled metal tips
  • Two side pockets and one back pocket with Velcro fastening
  • Elasticated waistband and rear eyelets for air evacuation

Buy: Suits for men and boys are available at TomandTeddy.com

Want more gift ideas for the upcoming Holidays?  Check out The B Keeps Us Honest’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Babies &Kids

2013 Gift Guide Babies & Kids

I was provided a sample by Tom & Teddy. The opinions expressed are my own.

Protect your iPhone with iSkin {Giveaway}

Joe and I finally upgrade our iPhones this year and since we invested so much money into our new phones we want to make sure to take great care of them. We had iSkin iPhone covers on our old phones and loved them. They were able to withstand some pretty rough use, thanks to 3 cute little boys. So we knew we wanted iSkin cases for our new phones.

iskin iphone cases iSkin sent us their iSkin Solo iPhone case and the iSkin Aura iPhone case. I had the Solo case for my old phone so I knew I already loved the design. The solo is made from a soft Non-Toxic Thermopolymer which makes it very easy to hold and provides extra protection. The case is very slim fitting so there isn’t any interference with performance or use.

iskin solo If you are giving someone a new phone, iPad or iPod make sure you also gift a great case like an iSkin case.

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Giveaway
One lucky reader will win an iSkin iPhone 5/5s case (select from 1 of the 2 pictured above). Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. US Residents only. Ends 12/20.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends on December 20, 2013. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information. US Only.

Want more gift ideas for the upcoming Holidays?  Check out The B Keeps Us Honest’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Moms & Dads.

2013 holiday gift guide

I received the featured product free of charge. All opinions stated are my own

Learning Fun with Carson Dellosa

carsongames I loving giving educational gifts, especially if they are learning in disguise. Carson-Dellosa Publishing offers hundreds educational and teacher supplies that make learning fun for kids.

This holiday season check out some of their new products:

Meet the Giant, a new line of reading and activity books for PreK and Kindergarten about a charming character called the Giant and his friends. We received three fun workbooks that cover reading, math and general Kindergarten skills. Jude loves workbooks, especially if they have a lot of variety and these books are perfect.

A new line of Games that include dice, card and board games that teach children visual perception and basic math and language arts skills. Our favorite game is the Critter-ominoes Board Game, they teach matching, counting, and critter-crazy fun

If you have a PreK or Early Elementary aged child on your Christmas list check out Carson-Dellosa learning products.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will win a Carson-Dellosa Learning Fun Set (it will include some if not all of the same items pictured above). To enter us the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US Residents Only. Ends 12/20

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends on December 20, 2013. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information. US Only.

Want more gift ideas for the upcoming Holidays?  Check out The B Keeps Us Honest’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Babies &Kids

2013 Gift Guide Babies & Kids

I was provided a sample of the products listed above. The opinions expressed are my own.

Jammies by Helene Laure – Gift for Baby

jammies I always have a hard time buying gifts for babies. You’d think it would be easy since baby things are so cute but I think that is the problem, they are too cute and I cant decide. But I think babies can always use cute and comfy pajamas.

Check out these cute Jammies in a Jar by Helen Laure. These Jammies are made from a soft cotton jersey with their exclusive Enchanted Evening Print.

jammies2 10% of profit from Jammies is donated to PostpartumProgress, an organization dedicated to helping mothers and babies who struggle with Postpartum Depression.

Buy: Jammies in a Jar are available in boys and girls designs – $30

Want more gift ideas for the upcoming Holidays?  Check out The B Keeps Us Honest’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Babies &Kids

2013 Gift Guide Babies & Kids

I was provided a sample of the Jammies by Helene Laure. The opinions expressed are my own.